A good woman's story of integrity and moral fortitude, with better focus and centralization than her previous books. The Yankee Bodleys and All the Tomorrows. This tells the story of Mary, daughter of immigrant Hannie, from 1905 to 1919, as she makes her way in the New England town of Wine Harbor. While keeping her friendship for outspoken, almost outcast Pinkie. Mary meantime absorbs the atmosphere surrounding Linette and her son Honn, works summers to finish her schooling, and takes a job at the summer hotel after her mother's death. Then -- with her goal in sight, the teaching job she has wanted, she finds that she is going to have Ronn's baby, and determines at all hazards to go through with it. She goes to Boston to have the baby, returns to the summer job at the hotel, learns that Ronn has died, and stoutly refuses to give up the child to Linette. She faces the future with the sureness of another man's love.